June 7, 2008 Subject:
probably the most legit sounding jungle jam they did with mauricio. top notch.
April 12, 2006 Subject:
Very up and down, like all Triscuits shows
Before grabbing Jordan as a bassist, the Triscuits dabbled working as a three-piece, with Magner picking up the basslines (it's pretty obvious that it's a synth bassline throughout the shows). Additionally, they put Sammy on bass and Mauricio on drum machine. Both these configurations have some really positive and really negative points, and both come through in this show.
On the plus side, Magner's synth basslines are clear and crisp, and it's an instant tie between bass and keys. With something like the Story jam or the Pygmy>Floes, this lock really leads to a hard hitting finale and a nice groove. The downside to this is that you lose some of the bounce to the bassline for something a little more stagnant and repetitive. There's no dialog between keys and bass because they're saying similar things. All in all, though, Magner does a great job, and I think usually this works, even though there are definite times the band seems tired or lost.
With Mauricio, it enables the band to explore a lot of space around the beat. Because the beat is static, the other musicians can be more dynamic. The Basis, for example, is extremely spacey. Sometimes this is a really good thing, and a lot of the jams are interesting texturally. However, it basically entirely inhibits large peaks because there's only step-like shifts that can occur within a song or jam. Because of this, the Basis ending is extremely lackluster, and the Svenghali is just bad throughout.
Soundwise, the show is pretty good. However, I would say that overall this is probably the worst Triscuits show I've heard. The Story Jam -> Pygmy is really cool, though, and the Floes is definitely a highlight for me, with the Story encore being up there as well. The Basis is interesting, and better than 3/11/00, but for all the cool spaceiness, it never really punches home a point, so I can't include it as a highlight, despite it taking up a huge chunk of the set.
April 10, 2006 Subject:
Lots of drum machines at this show.
This was a pretty experimental show. Some songs worked but a fair amount were just decent. Its a mystery who the bass player is for this show, besides sammy on bass somethimes. The 7-11, and story are my favorites. Some of the drum machine tracks were not as good. Still they are a fun listen, with some real cool highlights.